Slow driv­ers a prob­lem on Veter­ans

The Compass - - OPINION -

I am not from the area, but I fre­quently have to travel Veter­ans Memo­rial High­way. It is quite frus­trat­ing that peo­ple do not drive at a rea­son­able speed. Ex­cept for on ap­proach to Car­bon­ear, the speed limit is 100 km/h. I rou­tinely come across peo­ple who are go­ing 80, 70, or even as low as 60 un­der per­fect driv­ing con­di­tions.

It is com­mon on ev­ery high­way to drive the speed limit. Fail­ure to drive the speed limit is invit­ing trou­ble. Road rage flares. Peo­ple are tempted to pass in un­safe cir­cum­stances. Slow driv­ers can be rear-ended when peo­ple go­ing the speed limit are un­able to slow down in time or can­not see them on the other side of a blind hill. Peo­ple who fluc­tu­ate their speed from 60 to 100 are ask­ing to be rear-ended if the driver be­hind them blinks. It is a crime un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act to drive too slow.

It is a cour­tesy to other driv­ers on the road not to slow them down by go­ing too slow. If, for some rea­son, such as me­chan­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, you must drive slow please pull over and let other peo­ple pass or call a tow truck.

Please peo­ple, drive the posted 100 km/h on the Veter­ans. And please, police, ticket slow driv­ers.

Wilma Hussey writes from Holy­rood

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